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Letters Home From Congress

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This collection features letters home from Warren R. Austin (Senator, 1931-1946), Jacob Collamer (Representative, 1843-1848; Senator, 1855-1865), and Samuel C. Crafts (Representative, 1817-1824; Senator 1842-1843). The letters document travel to and from Washington by horse, boat, train, and airplane; lodging in boarding houses, hotels, and homes; social life in Washington; significant local and national events; and legislative issues under consideration in Congress. Austin's letters are particularly strong in their coverage of his frustration at being a minority Senator during the era of Roosevelt and the New Deal; his activities on the Judiciary Committee; and foreign affairs questions such as the Neutrality Act. The letters of Crafts and Collamer both extensively cover the question of slavery, discussing Missouri statehood, John Brown, the annexation of Texas, and the Civil War. All three Congressmen frequently discuss questions regarding appropriations and the Federal budget. Biographical information is available from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, at: http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp

Time Period Covered: 1818-1941 

Parent Collections

Congressional Papers

Related Archival Collection(s)

Warren R. Austin Collection
Crafts Family Collection
Collamer Family Papers

Published:  September 12, 2006,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

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Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, August 26, 1940

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1940-08-26

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include Austin's duties as Assistant Minority Leader in the Senate; debate over Conscription Bill.

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    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, August 27, 1940

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1940-08-27

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Topics include speech by Senator Johnson (CO) on Conscription Bill; commendations from President Roosevelt and Wendell Wilkie to Austin for service for National Defense.

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      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, August 5, 1940

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1940-08-05

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include Military Affairs Committee, the conscription bill, and the National Guard bill.

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        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, August 6, 1940

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1940-08-06

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include Democratic charges of Republican corruption.

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          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 10, 1932

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1932-12-10

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include The Mayflower; Merger Bill; Democrats blocking Republican nominations; Philippine Bill.

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            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 23, 1932

            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

            Date:  1932-12-23

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Topics include Merger Bill; vacation with President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover outside of Savannah, Georgia on the boat Sequoia.

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              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 10, 1937

              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

              Date:  1937-12-10

              Resource type:   text

              Resource type:   letter

              Topics include visit to Washington of Alfred Landon and Col. Frank Knox; requests made of Austin to be a candidate for President; Governor Aiken; farm bill.

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                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 11, 1937

                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                Date:  1937-12-11

                Resource type:   text

                Resource type:   letter

                Topics include visit to Washington of Alfred Landon and Col. Frank Knox; dinner at Gridiron Club with President, Vice-President and others; remarks about Austin by Senator Pope.

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                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 13, 1937

                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                  Date:  1937-12-13

                  Resource type:   text

                  Resource type:   letter

                  Topics include farm bill; sinking of an American gunboat on the Yang Tse River.

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                    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 14, 1937

                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                    Date:  1937-12-14

                    Resource type:   text

                    Resource type:   letter

                    Topics include farm bill and Vermont dairy farmers and egg producers.

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                      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 16, 1937

                      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                      Date:  1937-12-16

                      Resource type:   text

                      Resource type:   letter

                      Topics include the maximum authorization of money for the farm bill; soil erosion projects.

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                        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 17, 1937

                        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                        Date:  1937-12-17

                        Resource type:   text

                        Resource type:   letter

                        Topics include farm bill and the absence of New England Senators on the Agricultural Committee.

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                          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 2, 1937

                          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                          Date:  1937-12-02

                          Resource type:   text

                          Resource type:   letter

                          Topics include Secretary of Agriculture's opposition to the farm bill being considered in a Special Session of the Senate.

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                            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 29, 1939

                            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                            Date:  1939-12-29

                            Resource type:   text

                            Resource type:   letter

                            Topics include invitation to Jackson Day Dinner from President Roosevelt.

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                              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 4, 1937

                              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                              Date:  1937-12-04

                              Resource type:   text

                              Resource type:   letter

                              Topics include farm bill.

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                                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 6, 1937

                                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                Date:  1937-12-06

                                Resource type:   text

                                Resource type:   letter

                                Topics include Governor Aiken's open letter.

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                                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 8, 1937

                                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                  Date:  1937-12-08

                                  Resource type:   text

                                  Resource type:   letter

                                  Topics include visit to Washington of Governor Aiken; farm bill.

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                                    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 05, 1935

                                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                    Date:  1935-02-05

                                    Resource type:   text

                                    Resource type:   letter

                                    Topics include Judiciary subcommittee consideration of the Black Thirty Hour Bill. Austin remarks that he looks to be the only member of the subcommittee opposed to the bill.

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                                      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 07, 1933

                                      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                      Date:  1933-02-07

                                      Resource type:   text

                                      Resource type:   letter

                                      Economy Bill amendment; Agricultural Colleges; Extension Service; Vocational Education.

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                                        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 08, 1934

                                        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                        Date:  1934-02-08

                                        Resource type:   text

                                        Resource type:   letter

                                        Topics include Austin speech in Senate on the injunctive power of the Federal Courts.

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                                          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 15, 1933

                                          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                          Date:  1933-02-15

                                          Resource type:   text

                                          Resource type:   letter

                                          Topics include Agricultural Colleges; Extension Service; Vocational Education; Post Office and Treasury Appropriations Bill and the Economy Measure.

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                                            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 19, 1935

                                            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                            Date:  1935-02-19

                                            Resource type:   text

                                            Resource type:   letter

                                            Topics include Gold Decision of the Supreme Court; lengthy commentary, with quotations from Court decisions, regarding a shift in favor of the Government and against citizen's property and rights.

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                                              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 21, 1935

                                              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                              Date:  1935-02-21

                                              Resource type:   text

                                              Resource type:   letter

                                              Topics include Austin's work on the Thirty Hour Bill.

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                                                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 28, 1935

                                                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                                Date:  1935-02-28

                                                Resource type:   text

                                                Resource type:   letter

                                                Topics include breakfast with Justice McReynolds and Princess Julia Grant Kantakuzen, granddaughter of General Ulysses S. Grant; Gold Decision.

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                                                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 1, 1937

                                                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                                  Date:  1937-02-01

                                                  Resource type:   text

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                                                  Topics include Judiciary Committee; O'Mahoney Bill; centralization of power in Washington.

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